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03-05-2012 03:59 PM  6 years agoPost 61
Richardmid1

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Parts availability wasn't my problem with exotic models it was the upgrades and mods that needed doing.

Align models just go together and work so well out of the box. It confuses me when people complain about them.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-05-2012 04:02 PM  6 years agoPost 62
Big Guido

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Best; my Mcpx because i can fly it everyday inside or out and it takes a beating. Worst was Helimax Novus 125, that piece of crap flew like a dumpster.

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03-05-2012 04:33 PM  6 years agoPost 63
hornet dave

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Best: 6hv
Worst: Hornet (but it was the best in its class at the time)

I got a fever! The only prescription is MORE 6HV

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03-05-2012 04:46 PM  6 years agoPost 64
Michaelm0268

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Worse: Novus fp

Mediocre: blade 400 ( taught me a lot)

Best so far: Align 600n. This has vastly improved my flying skills.

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03-05-2012 10:06 PM  6 years agoPost 65
Big Guido

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Ya the Novus fp 125 = waste of money

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03-06-2012 05:04 AM  6 years agoPost 66
Santiago P

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Align models just go together and work so well out of the box. It confuses me when people complain about them.
Because others have, and still see countless of stupid things that go wrong with them, like stripping frame bolts heads, clutches that break prematurely, bearings lasting nothing or bad off the box, main gears stripping faster than a dollar hooker, previously: balls and links wored out after few dozen flights; lately, DFC heads shearing at the link-main grip joint.

You like Align. WE GET IT, YOU REMIND US ON VERY POST!

But you are not cancel other's bad experience as if was their fault, or a fluke incident.

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03-06-2012 11:27 AM  6 years agoPost 67
Richardmid1

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People will always jump on here when they have a complaint about something, you never see a topic just about how happy they are with their product.

The reason you might see some negative experiences with Align is because there are just sooo damn many out there getting thrashed on the deck on a daily basis, some of the time by morons who by Align because its all they can afford.

I have in the past expressed my bad experience on here with exotic models only to be jumped on by people saying it is the best thing since sliced bread and that it is me doing something wrong! The clutch broke on my N5 the other day after about 30 flights maybe I should have posted it on the Synergy section like people do when they have an Align failure? Oh and when I got a new clutch one of the shoes was splayed out further than the other! Anyway...

Yes I like Align, I also like Hirobo but their parts prices in the UK are stupid so ill stick with Align.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-06-2012 12:44 PM  6 years agoPost 68
stiganas

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Romania

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Best heli Protos 500 FBL (after some serious work to get the tail smoth)
Best heli from the junk family: plastic HK450 (the 10 USD one); perfect tail (still same tail and belt after 3 years), good FB head, fantastic after upgrade to FBL with RJX head and 3g.

Worst from the junk family: Honey Bee King 2

Worst from the good family: MiniTitan 325 - Bad tail, bad head (always lose tracking), junk blades, TT didn't bother to change a thing (Align or MSHeli do it all the time)

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03-06-2012 01:19 PM  6 years agoPost 69
Richardmid1

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TT didn't bother to change a thing
Yes they did they came out with the beefier blade grips and all the metal upgrades you could think of which solved the tracking problem, actually only the metal upper mixing arms and the beefier blade grips were necessary to sort the tracking issues. Tail was only a problem if you over tightened the screws.

Then the SE came out.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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03-06-2012 03:41 PM  6 years agoPost 70
stiganas

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It is not the place here but I don't remember like this. Each month it was another solution to the bad tracking. It was a design problem, the quality of the plastic parts was top. The head of the Trex 450 have perfect tracking no mater how bad are the parts (I am talking about the clones) - this is the testimony of a brilliant design. Apparently the solution to the Minititan tracking was posted here on RR not so long ago (long ago after I give up) and it was just about the arrangement of the bearings in the grips.

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03-06-2012 05:59 PM  6 years agoPost 71
rcnut

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Rockford, Illinois

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Worst...the whole Trex line!
Any particular reason?
Mainly...quality of their parts, or better said, quality control of their parts. I don't mind wrenching on my heli's, but not after every so many flights. And I'm kind of flattered needing to change parts because of wearing them out vs. breaking them!

With my exotic heli's, (Rave 90 ENV FBL, Protos 500, etc.) I rarely need to make any type of adjustments to them...charge and fly. So far I have one heli that is completely stock, no headaches with it what so ever...well other than pilot issues. Have problem making the pilot move fingers in the right direction at the right time! LoL

Team Miniature Aircraft
"I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!"
...Citizen 654!

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03-07-2012 04:28 AM  6 years agoPost 72
flmgrip

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irvine, CA, United States

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just saw a few days a goblin on his maiden flight loose half of it's canopy... luckily the guy did bring it down without any other damage... i looked in the goblin forum...no post about it... oh well...

i keep flying my cheap-ass helis... they all keep crashing but i think it's me...

no worst heli purchase, i just wish i would still have my graupner mega star... one slick heli


i can hover

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03-07-2012 06:40 AM  6 years agoPost 73
Santiago P

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South West, Ohio

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That goblin canopy could have been anything including an anxious owner forgeting to fasten it down. I have been critical of its head control links, but just that.

Any failures occuring are not going to find a direct way to the web, and why should they?

If it was my heli, I would not go out and disredit the manufacturer online without knowing, without a doubt, it was not my fault, and only after giving the company a chance to make right, quietly!
Only then if there were no resolution I would post a failure.

I may sound critical sometimes, but I am no despot or unfair to anyone who tries to make it in this industry. SAB needs his fair chance as all the others had.

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03-07-2012 07:05 PM  6 years agoPost 74
flmgrip

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irvine, CA, United States

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SAB's fault or not. A failure like that certainly deserves exposure, if nothing else to alert others of a (potential) problem... My point was some companies get bashed right away and others don't...

I don't even know if the guy who had the failure is on runryder... Maybe he has a life


i can hover

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03-08-2012 08:50 AM  6 years agoPost 75
poerQwa

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Best: JR Sylphide E12 , but there is a pucker factor involved
  • Worst: Hornet 2 , even with all tuning parts = $$$ it wouldn't fly properly
  • Most fun: Hirobo Sceadu 50 EX

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03-08-2012 10:08 PM  6 years agoPost 76
rexxigpilot

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Florida

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SAB's fault or not. A failure like that certainly deserves exposure, if nothing else to alert others of a (potential) problem... My point was some companies get bashed right away and others don't...
Let me get this right, you think exposing user error is a good thing! I'd rather real issues not get mixed together with user imcompetence.

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03-09-2012 07:35 PM  6 years agoPost 77
nartac

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CA

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For me

Worst: Blade SR.

Best: brushless mcpx and FBL 450 pro are neck to neck. I fly the mcpx more because I can take it anywhere because of the size.

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03-09-2012 08:13 PM  6 years agoPost 78
flmgrip

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Let me get this right, you think exposing user error is a good thing! I'd rather real issues not get mixed together with user imcompetence.
oh boy... who's is it to decide of it was a user error or not?


i can hover

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03-09-2012 08:32 PM  6 years agoPost 79
Gregor99

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Western Wa

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Wow, quite surprised to see so much love for the Trex 500. After my Esky, it was my first "real" model. Loved it at first, especially the build and first few flights. But the honeymoon quickly wore off and has never come back. I have the FB version and don't like how the head is tuned. Way too sensitive around center and not enough travel at the extreemes.

I thought it was in my head until I got a Compass 600e. Since then T500 mostly collects dust. Thought about a FBL conversion, but its hard to justify with a Compass and Synergy ready and able.

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03-09-2012 08:36 PM  6 years agoPost 80
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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Way too sensitive around center and not enough travel at the extreemes.
Thats all in the heli setup and radio setup. Expo? Longer servo arms etc.?

60% of the time, it works every time!

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